This looks wide open on the face of it but it could come down to DE RIGUEUR and Harry Buckle fighting it out. The former arrives on the back of a double at Wolverhampton where he beat Focail Maith last month and a line through that rival just gives him the edge over Harry Buckle. The latter is looking for his fourth straight win and has already beaten Ajeeb but English Summer has something to find on earlier running with the selection. Mica Mika is another in fine fettle and he could figure while Noble Silk and Wildomar have been taking it in turns to beat each other in lower grade races.
Incendo 16-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, effort inside final 2f, soon ridden, kept on same pace, no impression final furlong, 5th of 7, 6l behind Viewpoint (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-100 (2) pol in Dec.
Focail Maith 4-1 (9-9) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, chased winner inside final furlong, never able to challenge, 2nd of 7, 2l behind Harry Buckle (8-12) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan.
Dubawi Phantom 20-1 (8-0) Tracked leaders until 600m out, last of 14, 29l behind Royal God (8-10) at Meydan(UAE) 1m hcp in Mar '11.
Topolski (IRE) 11-1 (9-4) Always in rear, last of 10, 11l behind Art History (8-9) at Newmarket 1m 4f hcp 105 (2) gf in Oct '11.
Thecornishcockney 5-1 (9-3) Held up in last pair, headway on outside over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, hung left and kept on same pace final furlong, no impression with leaders, 4th of 7, 2 3/4l behind Royal Peculiar (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-100 (2) pol in Dec.
Mica Mika (IRE) 10-3 (9-3) Led early, tracked leader, led over 2f out, ridden inside final furlong, just held on, won at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Jan beating Kames Park (8-10) by nk, 7 ran.
De Rigueur 10-11fav (9-5) Tracked leaders, led 3f out, ridden over 1f out, edged left inside final furlong, kept on, won at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Jan beating Focail Maith (9-10) by 1 1/4l, 7 ran.
English Summer 6-4fav (10-1) Held up tracking leading pair, closed over 2f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, quickened to lead final 100 yards, eased close home, cosily, won at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan beating Tingo In The Tale (9-3) by 1l, 4 ran.
Harry Buckle 2-1fav (8-12) Tracked clear leader, took closer order over 5f out, led over 2f out, ridden clear over 1f out, stayed on strongly, won at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan beating Focail Maith (9-9) by 2l, 7 ran.
Ajeeb (USA) 2-9fav (9-7) Tracked leader, challenged over 2f out, soon led, hard pressed over 1f out, ridden and headed final 100 yards, no extra, 2nd of 3, 1 1/2l behind Honey Of A Kitten (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 2f clm stks (6) pol in Jan.
Noble Silk 11-4 (8-13) Tracked leaders in 3rd, led over 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on, 3rd of 7, 3/4l behind Spifer (9-4) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Jan.
Wildomar 9-4fav (9-4) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, chased leader inside final furlong, no extra close home, 4th of 9, 2 1/4l behind Reflect (8-13) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan.